Pavel Buchnevich‘s laser beam of a pass up the ice to Chris Kreider was the one highlight clip to watch multiple times. Kreider scored to give the Rangers a 3-2 lead midway through the 3rd.
Amazing how balanced the minutes were between the 12 forwards, from Mats Zuccarello‘s 17:46 to Michael Grabner‘s 10:47.
Nice to see so many of the new Rangers make a contribution in Game #1. Brandon Pirri had a goal and an assist. Mika Zibanejad had two assists. Grabner scored the game’s first goal. Buchnevich had the memorable assist. Nick Holden added an assist.
Henrik Lundqvist looked good throughout.
Despite squandering a 2-0 lead in the first few minutes of the 3rd period, the Blueshirts showed resolve and didn’t panic when the Islanders tied the game 2-all. There have been games over the years when that wouldn’t have happened.
One game does not a season make, but last night’s win was a good one for the Rangers and has to help build a tiny bit of confidence in the locker room.